Published April 18, 2013

ABIQUIU LAKE, N.M., -- The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ Abiquiu Lake, in partnership with the Espanola Wildlife Center, will host an Earth Day event Saturday, April 20, 2013, at 10:00 AM at the Visitor Center.

The Wildlife Center will give a short presentation starring a captive, educational kestrel bird.  Participants will then build bird boxes and travel to various points around the lake to install the boxes. This will be the start of a continuous monitoring program to generate kestrel habitat through nesting boxes and monitor activity to help advance conservation of the bird and assist in reversing the declining population.

Earth Day is an annual celebration on which events are held worldwide to demonstrate support for environmental protection. It is observed each year on April 22.  

Abiquiu Lake is a U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ managed lake, with recreation areas and a campground. The lake is a 5,200-surface-acre reservoir and offers some of the finest fishing in northern New Mexico. Other recreational activities available include camping, hiking, picnicking and water sports.

The project office is located on Hwy 96, 2 miles west of the Hwy 84 junction.  For additional information, call the Abiquiu Lake Project Office at 505-685-4371 or visit http://www.spa.usace.army.mil/Missions/CivilWorks/Recreation/AbiquiuLake.aspx

Elizabeth Lockyear

Release no. 13-002